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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Provides a nice typing experience

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    Pablo
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    The Type Cover provides a nice typing experience for the SP4. It is able to mimic the same experience provided by a notebook but it isn't quite there. Well, it's better than the keyboards built into cheap notebooks but not quite but there with the higher end notebooks. I do like that you can type at an angle or flat, I prefer typing at an angle. The keys feel nice and provide a firm, tactile feedback when clicking them in. They are also backlight and that turns on automatically when in a dim room. The Type Cover is a little flexible and you will notice some bounce when typing but it isn't bad, definitely better than a keyboard in a $400 Dell notebook. The trackpad could use some work. Microsoft made it bigger in the 4th iteration of the Type Cover along with covering it in glass but it still feels somewhat cramped. The trackpad is also noisy, really noisy. I don't use it when I'm in a meeting and instead touch the screen or use the Pen. But the Type Cover is protective, it can turn around completely, and it can be easily attached or removed via the magnetic connector on the bottom of the Surface. It works and is definitely the best solution on the market for the Surface Pro, just don't expect it to perform the same as the keyboard in the Dell XPS13 or HP Spectre x360. The fingerprint scanner is accurate and works like a charm. I just have to wrest my finger on the sensor and that's it. No swiping or any of that nonsense, it just works. I haven't had any problems with it rejecting my finger because it couldn't read it. Most people will be fine with the regular Type Cover and don't need the fingerprint scanner. Windows Hello, which uses your face to log in, works on every Surface Pro 4. Most people aren't going to benefit by also scanning their fingerprint as Windows Hello is accurate, fast, and secure. I have used my fingerprint scanner three times in the two months I've owned my Surface Pro 4 and that was only because I wasn't looking at my Surface when logging in. Save yourself the money and get the regular Type Cover. However, people with a Surface Pro 3 should definitely upgrade to this. Logging in with your fingerprint is faster, easier, and more secure than typing in your Windows PIN number every time and the new keyboard layout and trackpad are a definitely improvement over the Type Cover 3. Upgrading to this Type Cover will extend the life of your Surface Pro 3 making it easier to wait for the Surface Pro 5, maybe even the Pro 6.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not sure i need this...

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    schnell
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    Keyboard is nice, well thought out. I spent the extra money to get the cover with the fingerprint feature. Now that i got my surface i turned on windows hello and use the camera mostly, very convenient. When i was using the device as a tablet without keyboard unlocking the device was a chore. With the camera not so much. So now the fingerprint feature lies mostly unused and i probably could have saved some money by getting the regular type cover? Not worth returning though. The keyboard is nice, pretty easy to type on. A little flexy when not flat down as i type this review. I am not a great typer, kind of a hunt and peck typer so the fact that it isn't full sized doesn't bother me too much. I just wish somebody would make a magnetic cover that doesn't have a keyboard when i want protection but want to travel light...the screen protectors mostly seem to affect the touchscreen sensitivity based on reviews i read. In summation great keyboard, but depending on your security needs the regular type cover might be good enough. Not sure how easy it is to spoof either the fingerprint scanner or the camera. Read an article about researchers using a normal injet printer to spoof fingerprint readers? It is a technology race in the security sector...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard

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    Bruak
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    To buy a type cover if you own a surface pro is a no brainer - you should, period. The keyboard is really responsive, comfort to type on, and very thin. Plus the design that works like a cover to the surface pro is really good. The question then is if one should by this model - with Fingerprint ID. I personally did, and do not regret it. The Fingerprint ID works really well, and is really responsive. Logging in windows with it is super easy and fast. the downside is that I did not find apps that i normally use that take advantage of the fingerprint id - granted that I did not actively search for them, rather than just checked if the ones I use would benefit. It yet to be seen, though, if the more computers and tablets have this reader, the more developers will add this function. I would love to use it for loggin in my internet accounts for example. Anyway, this purchase is worth the price, but keep in mind that you might be paying extra for a future benefit more than anything.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great addition

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    AluminumWarrior57
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    I originally considered just using my bluetooth keyboard instead of paying $160 for this because i thought it would be awful to use. But after purchasing this i was very surprised by how much i like typing on this keyboard. The key travel isn't very deep since it is so thin but i really enjoy the tactile feel and sound of it. The fingerprint scanner was the main reason i chose this version over the normal version and it works well most of the time (sometimes need to to be cleaned before it is able to read). I only have two gripes. One is that the model with the fingerprint scanner is only available in black and i really wanted the gray alcantara model. The second is the keys and scanner shows oils from your fingers a lot more that keyboards that i have owned in the past and gets tranferred onto the screen when closed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Biometric Keyboard Works....most of the time

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    CEUS
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    Due to my position, I have to have security on my Electronics that often contain Protected Health Information (PHI). I had this in mind when I purchased the biometric keyboard for my Microsoft Surface Pro 4. So the good news is that the biometric meter does work....most of the time! At times, the biometric device shows an "error" unable to read message that it credits, perhaps, a smudged reader screen. Typically, the quick fix is to wipe reader with my shirt or sleeve...probably better with a wipe... All in all, it works most of the time and is a quicker way to "sign-on" than entering my 20 character password! The keyboard easily comes off and on with the tablet and it is magnetized allowing for the keyboard to be at an angle compatible with typing while I was in-flight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fingerprint ID Worth Extra Cost for Surface Pro 3

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    PaleHoser
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    I own a Surface Pro 3 and upgraded to the Surface Pro Type Cover with Fingerprint ID after using the original model Surface Pro 3 Type Cover for two years. There were no issues with upgrading the Type Cover. The Fingerprint ID option integrates with Windows Hello, allowing me to logon or unlock my screen without typing a password. It's quick and very convenient and worth the $30 added cost because I use it a lot. I don't think the Fingerprint ID feature would be as useful with a Surface Pro 4. The infrared camera and facial recognition with Windows Hello provides the same functionality. I bought this keyboard as open box, but the keyboard was still like new and I appreciated the extra savings.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Usually works well

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    Sarah
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    The keyboard is just that, a keyboard. Its got a magnetic connection into the bottom of the Surface Pro 4. However there are times when it just does not function. I'm not sure if this is a keyboard issue or a tablet issue but either way its a major PITA. Sometimes the keyboard will not work as soon as you connect it into the tablet. Sometimes it will just stop working mid typing session. Due to the amount of glitches I have experienced with the Surface Pro 4 I am inclined to believe it is a tablet problem. However, after replacing my Surface Pro 4 with a brand new one I still experience the same glitches with the keyboard. I will say I have not replaced the keyboard at all so I may just have a faulty product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally a real keyboard

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    VBSSDV
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    Microsoft has the gimmick that says the Surface can replace your laptop. It was 90% there on the Surface Pro 3, the major downside for me being the keyboard. It was a good keyboard, and a great option when it first released. Then after constant use, it worked fine, but never felt like a real keyboard. Finally, the latest keyboard, released with the SP4, and works with the SP3, feels fantastic and functions perfectly! It's much sturdier, mouse pad is larger and more sensitive, keys are spaced apart better and feel better, and finally a fingerprint login option (only on black keyboard as of now). Overall, this keyboard is great! We'll see how I feel when SP5's keyboard comes around. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best type cover keyboard on the market

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    TopGadgets
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    Coming from mechanical switch keyboards and Thinkpads and typing upwards of 120 wpm I'm really picky about keyboards. Having tried so many type cover keyboards this is clearly the best and even better than a lot of laptop keyboards on the market for tactile and audible feedback, key travel, effective palm rejection, full size keyboard, easy toggling between top row special keys and function keys by pressing Fn key, large glassy smooth touchpad, backlight and bonus fingerprint reader for easy biometric log-in all in a thin light package. Perfect for the Surface Pro 4 and even backwards compatible with Surface Pro 3.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    very nice

    Posted
    amyc
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    I love that the keys light up for me, I also love that they only light up when in use, which saves battery power and reduces light pollution. I specifically got the fingerprint scanner, however the facial recognition on my surface makes it less important. I did still set it up, I have not used it once. though it may be nice for when using my computer in a dark room. My only frustration is that I cannot adjust the tilt of the screen without using the kick stand. You never realize you may want to do that until you don't have it lol. It has been easy to change positions form my normal ones to accommodate the difference though, so I would not let that deter me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard; great cover

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    mevans
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    The keyboard feels surprisingly good considering how thin it is. The keys have satisfying tactile response and don't feel rubbery. The build quality is excellent and though the type-cover isn't as rigid as a normal keyboard, it doesn't feel as though it will bend or break. Overall it is an excellent product. My only complaint is that the fingerprint reader doesn't consistently read my finger. I almost always have to scan my finger 3-4 times before it will read. Thankfully the scanning process is very fast -- but still, it leave something to be desired. This may be a software problem, hard to say. That said, I still give the product 4/5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly good keyboard

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    TurboDog
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    I reluctantly bought the keyboard for my new Microsoft Surface Pro 4, because I felt I had to have one. Keyboard for other tablets, like my iPad, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. The keys are sufficiently clicky, without that mushy feel of many portable keyboards. Key layout is just right for touch typing. I don't use the fingerprint reader much; it was easy to set up, though. I bought this keyboard primarily for the color, and would have chosen a black one without a fingerprint reader if it was available. (The Microsoft Hello system is surprisingly good for logging you in.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatly Improved Keyboard!

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    DanB
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    I have been using the MS Surface Pro since the first version. I have always loved the snap on keyboard. This new keyboard from Microsoft is superior in many ways to the original Surface and Surface Pro keyboards. The actual buttons are slightly larger and spread a litter further apart. This allows for a premium typing experience. I find that it rates better than even some laptops I have worked with. The addition of a fingerprint reader is a great new feature. Being able to take advantage of Windows Hello is very cool. Its a small pleasure but when I touch my Keyboard and my Surface gives me a personal hello, it makes my day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than my last laptop

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    jquinones
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    I bought this Type Cover because my last laptop had a fingerprint reader and I really wanted to be able to take advantage of Windows Hello in Microsoft Edge when developers (hopefully) start taking advantage of that technology. Even though the keyboard is extremely thin, there is just enough travel on the keys for you to feel like your typing on a "real" keyboard. I actually like the way the keys feel more than the keys on my old laptop. A Type Cover is an essential accessory for your new Surface, for an extra $10 the added benefit of a fingerprint reader can't be beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A great redesign!

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    Pete
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    I purchased a Surface Pro 3 last year. The weakest link of the product was the type cover. The trackpad was too small and the keys were too close together. This new type cover changes the game! The trackpad larger and more responsive. I no longer have to carry a wireless mouse around. The keys are better spaced and the fingerprint reader makes unlocking the system a breeze. This cover is also backwards compatible with Pro 3 & 4. I did take away one star because there is still no where to store the pen. Otherwise I think this is a must upgrade for any surface pro 3 owner. It greatly improves the usability of the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard Cover (But Is the Sensor Worth It?)

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    AHockeyKid
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    I purchased this keyboard cover to go with my Surface Pro 4. I am extremely happy with it. I can type as quickly on this cover as I could on my laptop's keyboard. The only question people should ask is whether the fingerprint sensor is worth the additional cost. I would say that it is. It is very accurate and fast, and I love the ability to connect it to the LastPass extension. With it, you can literally fill in complicated forms and passwords in "at the touch of your finger." To me, that is a small price to pay for the convenience, but others may disagree.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Yay Keyboard and trackpad!

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    hacked2123
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    It works!!! Ya, not that special, I personally hate the lack of left and right buttons, but that's the way the industry has gone for some unknown reason (saves them 35 cents?). In my brief use I had quite a few zoom-in gestures occur while attempting to move and click quickly, I'm sure they have a way to disable the pinch zoom gesture on the keyboard...the screen is 2 inches away, zoom there. Also for the fingerprint, haven't used it once...the facial recognition unlock is quicker and easier with probably a greater degree of accuracy now that it has depth sensing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    greaat fit and feel for my big hands

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    legamin
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    Ive had almost every apple tablet made and finally am trying the Surface Pro 4. For the first time i found a keypad that fits my hands! But even better is that i can add fingerprint ID capabillity to the security of facial recognition (on starjup) and password just in case. Id have to go braindead to not be able to use this computer. further, it allows for full access for my wife and loved ones for critical information should something happen to me..morbid, sure, but a well thought out design none the less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome keyboard!

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    btb2k
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    This is the best Keyboard I've purchased for my Surface Pro as of yet. It is backwards compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and the fingerprint reader works decent with Windows 10. Sometimes the Surface Pro doesn't see the fingerprint reader when you go to login but it's easily corrected by disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard. Outside of that, I've had no issues with it and like the feel/layout much better than the older generation keyboards. The touchpad is great as well and is a nice change from the previous generation keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A bit unusual to set up - but well worth it!

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    Barry
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    This was a bit tedious at first to set up but well worth the trouble. During initial setup be sure to touch the fingerprint reader repeatedly as you move your finger around in multiple positions to improve the interface's ability to recognize you. Sometimes will not recognize fingerprint- just be sure touch window is kept very clean. Only Drawback - the COLOR ...ONLY available in Black (I really preferred the dark Blue option available in the new keypad for Surface Pro 4) but having the fingerprint interface adds a bit of a WOW factor !

    I would recommend this to a friend